It's getting pretty darn chilly outside and personally, I love brightening up my cocktail hour with something light and acidic in the dead of winter. It's like adding a little ray of sunshine to every dreary cold day! Instead of a heavy lemon drop martini or other rich and sweet cocktail, The Detox Cocktail is perfect to brighten up a snowy day AND won't be too bad for that waistline.
That's right, this is a HEALTHY cocktail. I'll pause while you pick your jaws up off the floor... This cocktail has healthy, clean ingredients so you don't have to feel guilty after indulging in a few! Plus there's some apple cider vinegar in there (TRUST ME, it's delicious ok?) which we all know holds magical properties to help your digestion. So if you're feeling a little out of whack or off balance with trying (and failing) to keep with a diet... Just sit back and sip on The Detox Cocktail and feel pretty darn good about your new healthy habit.
INSTRUCTIONS: In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, honey and lemon juice to a boil with thyme sprig. Remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove thyme sprig. Add honey mixture to a shaker filled with ice. Add vodka and shake well. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with lemon wheel and sprig of thyme.
*Recipe and photos by Meghan Bassett
Y'all know we can't roll into a New Year without a whole set of cocktails to survive these first super intense weeks. Now that everyone's resolutions have been made, people are extra pumped and motivated to stick to them, making it a pretty busy season for us the moment we get back to the office. We aren't REALLY encouraging that whole "diet" thing, because it's all about balance. What's more balanced than a healthy cocktail? The booze evens ya out and the healthy fruit juices and other goodies in there will diminish the calorie count so you don't feel quite as guilty. Here's a roundup of our top fav classy and healthy cocktails that'll keep you fresh in the New Year. There are some old favorites and some new classics serving up just about every libation out there (aka there's something for everyone on this killer list). Cheers, piggy peeps!
Grilled Pineapple Bourbon Smash - Sauce + Style
Mango Mojito - Sauce + Style
Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita - Sauce + Style
Blueberry Mint Fizz - Waiting on Martha
Refreshing Watermelon Margarita - Sugar and Charm
Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail - A Cozy Kitchen
Blood Orange Margarita - With Salt & Wit
Cherry Blueberry Apple Sangria - The Roasted Root
Grapefruit Salty Dog - The Cookie Rookie
Blueberry Maple Mojito - Healthy Recipe Ecstasy So the only question is, which one of these delicious cocktails are you going to bust out at your next happy hour first??
You either love or you hate Valentine's Day. You might be a romantic at heart, or the idea of the holiday just brings to mind too much candy and overdone nonsense. Either way, when that day full of hearts and flowers and candies rolls around, you can't help but have it on the brain. That's why we are serving up 9 Valentine’s Day Cocktails To Get All Swoon-y Over. Even if you happen to dislike the holiday, you can drink your bitterness away with something delicious. See? There's an upside to practically everything, isn't there? Generally that upside involves some sort of booze, but we aren't ones to judge over here. In this round up you are going to find a variety of cocktails to fall in love with. There's everything from strong to sweet to fruity! You can toast another year past with your significant other or you can toast your general single awesomeness. Who says Valentine's Day is only for the lovers out there? ;) Happy drinking!
Singapore Sling - Casa Veneracion
Spiced Pomegranate Cocktail - Honestly Yum
Dirty Shirley - Stir & Scribble
Sparkling Strawberry Rose Sangria - Brooklyn Supper
Sweetie Martini - Inspired by Charm
Valentine Moscato Float - The Taylor House
Valentine’s Day Cocktail - Honestly Yum
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial Cocktail - The Slow Roasted Italian
Strawberries & Champagne Margarita - Pizzazzerie The only question is.... will you be sharing with your boo, or keeping all the cocktail deliciousness to yourself?? We're thinking option B sounds pretty darn good.
Avocado toast might be all the rage for all those health nuts out there wanting to eat something good for breakfast or lunch, and while we appreciate the healthy attempt, I kind of like to trash my healthy plans up... With a whole heaping helping of meat in these killer Pulled Pork Veggie Avocado Toasts!
I can honestly admit that my attempts at getting healthy this year are pretty dang lame... I am not the biggest fan of sticking to a strict diet. For obvious reasons I'm sure. I mean when I have Pig of the Month BBQ Pulled Pork in my fridge, why the heck would I ever want to just eat my fruits and veggies?! Nope, instead I want to load up on my pork and I GUESS I can load up on some veggies at the same time.
With the pulled pork, these veggie avocado toasts burst with tons of flavor. It's like eating a pulled pork taco but on toast! I love making this for breakfast or lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack, because it's super easy AND it's easy to throw together in even the smallest of kitchens (like that dinky one at your office...). So load up and get healthy (well healthy-ISH)!
INSTRUCTIONS: Spread toast with a layer of mashed avocado. Top with pulled pork, chopped bell peppers, queso fresco and chopped cilantro. Serve!
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Y'all know I couldn't leave you hanging right before the big game on Sunday without something delicious to make, right? For the love of all things bacon and cheese, this Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Dip is the one recipe that HAS to hit your game day spread this weekend. I LOVE serving up cheesy dips for football parties because they are always the star of the entire day. The gooey cheese served up on crusty bread or tortilla chips is all too addicting (plus it helps balance out all those boozy drinks you'll be guzzling as you cheer your team on).
Heck, even if you are just watching for the commercials, you still need something to eat that'll warm you from the inside out! This creamy, cheesy dip is spicy and savory, with the perfect salty hit of bacon from Pig of the Month BBQ's Applewood Smoked Maple Bacon. The thick cuts of bacon really stick out in this dip, so it's ideal for all those bacon-lovers in yo life. When I dip, you dip, we dip! Time to DIG IN.
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Serves 6-8 INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mash together cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, jalapeños, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, butter, and bacon until combined. Add mixture to a medium-sized baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or crusty bread. Shop This Post Pig of the Month BBQ Applewood Smoked Maple Bacon
*Recipe, photos and video by Meghan Bassett
Valentine's Day is sneaking up fast, isn't it? That ooey gooey emotion-filled holiday where you can't help but dote on your loved ones with all sorts of treats and tasty delights. Even if you don't have a significant other in your life, you can still chow down on all the chocolate things as you celebrate your single-ness (trust me when I say it can be a freaking blessing at times...)! We love to be allllll about the love leading up to Valentine's Day, and the only way we know how to celebrate is through baking (and EATING) all the sweets. Heart-shaped delights, brownies covered in caramel and bacon, and red velvet delights are rounded up below for your Valentine's Day baking pleasure. Everything you could possible want to say "I love you" to the one you love the most (even if that someone happens to be Y-O-U!).
Double Chocolate Raspberry Mason Jars - Sauce + Style
Cinnamon Bun Bacon Cinnamon Buns - Sauce + Style
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Stuffed Brownies - Sauce + Style
Spicy Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies - Sauce + Style
Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches - Sauce + Style
Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Chocolate Cake - Pizzazzerie
The Ultimate Gooey Caramel Brownie Mug Cake Sundae - Willowbird Baking
Copycat Zupas Rockslide Brownies - Lovely Little Kitchen
Conversation Heart Cookies - Martha Stewart
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes - Smells Like Home
Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 - Bakerita
Dreamy Chocolate Cupcakes filled with White Buttercream - Baker By Nature
Frosted Chocolate Fudge Brownies - Bakerita
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dippers - Supergolden Bakes Happy Baking!
Tailgating season is back and better than ever, piggy peeps! I don't know about you but I also ready to bring football back into my life. I just drafted my fantasy team and I have big hopes that my home team is going to be putting up some major points throughout the season.
Let's be honest though, as much as we love that ol' game we call football, the tailgating food is where it's AT. It's the thing that gets you through between the end of summer recipes and the official start of the holiday season once November rolls around. That means we have two months to stuff our faces with all the cheese, bacon and meats we can get our hands on.
And I'm starting with wings. Sticky, sweet and spicy wings that make you bust out the wet wipes and get extra messy. This is just the recipe to start off with people! Just look at that sticky sauce covering those baked wings.... ALL. THE. YES. Are you ready to dig in??
INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, 2 Tbsp melted butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Add the wings and toss. Lay wings on lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Turn the oven to broil on high. Move chicken wings to the top rack and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until crispy. Flip and broil again on the other side.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together hot sauce and cornstarch. Add butter, molasses and honey, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Toss wings in a large bowl with the honey buffalo sauce. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
*Recipe and photos by Meghan Bassett
Ready to drop a bomb on that epic tailgating game this season? BOOM. These Brisket Bombs are here to do all the heavy lifting for ya.
Stuffed with Pig of the Month's INSANE brisket and all the cheddar cheese, these brisket bombs are the best football food you could ever ask for. It's got the carbs and the protein to load you up and balance out the booze, not to mention a ton of gooey cheese. Really, what is a football game without excessive amounts of cheese anyways?
It's a pretty boring event, that's what. You gotta get that cheese, meat and bread in while you tailgate for the big game this season! I mean, if you can't indulge before and during a football game, what the hell is the point of all the delicious, extravagant, decadent food out there in the world? I know that's a wee bit dramatic, but that's how freaking amazing these brisket bombs. They come together in about 15 minutes and they'll have everyone begging for more.
Don't believe me? I dare you to try these out for the next big game and prove me wrong...
INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Separate biscuits. Flatten out each biscuit slightly and place 1 to 2 cubes of cheese in the center. Top with chopped biscuit and wrap the biscuit around the filling. Pinch the seams tightly and place seam-side down on the lined baking sheets. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic powder and onion powder. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the seasoned butter. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the tops of the biscuits again with the seasoned butter. Serve with BBQ sauce.
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*Recipe, photos and video by Meghan Bassett
Who's ready to get down on some serious pig?? That's exactly what these Pig Overload Fries are here for! When it comes to watching that pigskin fly and rooting for my favorite team, football food is everything I need to make me happy in life. Well, along with a couple of beers of course.
It's only natural to load up all the pork and bacon on these delicious fries, because y'all know I like my fries with a side of meat, plus some extra meat. Then I load it up with some cheddar cheese deliciousness and top it all off with some BBQ sauce. Talk about a hot mess of deliciousness, am I right? Thus the best fries you will ever eat in your LIFE were born.
Seriously, these are the best fries ever. Just look at that gorgeous mess and then tell me that you can resist it... Yea, didn't think so. So go ahead, get messy. Eat it all. Feel no guilt and chug a cold brew. This IS football season, people. Get into it already!
INSTRUCTIONS: Cook French fries according the instructions on the package. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with paprika and cayenne powder. When melted and just starting to bubble, stir in 1/8 cup flour. Let brown, approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute, and whisk in 1 1/2 cups milk.
Continue to stir the milk mixture until it thickens, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
Place cooked fries in a large serving dish. Top with pulled pork and bacon. Drizzle over cheese sauce and BBQ sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
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*Recipe and photos by Meghan Bassett
The first week of football is wrapping up and we couldn't be more excited. We are sad to see the end of summer so clearly, but all that football and tailgating amazingness in front of us is comforting our souls hardcore right about now. You know we are allllll about that tailgating food, but we also want to make sure we have the drinks part covered for y'all too. What's a tailgate party without some booze anyway? So we're bringing you these 15 fall cocktails to keep your tailgating spirits high (and extra boozy). These cocktails have all that apple and pumpkin goodness you start craving the moment September 1st rolls around, plus some extra odds and ends cocktails to give you a break once you start wearing yourself on everything apple and pumpkin. One of our favorite manly drinks below (pictured above) is Smoked Bourbon with Candied Bacon. Our smokers are running well into fall, low and slow, so we take advantage of that smoke by bottling it up with some bourbon. Top it with a slice of candied bacon and all the dudes out there basically melt as soon as they see it. It's also the perfect consolation prize if someone's team loses. As long as you give them one of these, you can mock them all you want.
Apple Pie Bourbon Shots - Delish
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